Apple records a significant milestone in the computer market when it introduced the first chip made to run on computers – the Apple M1.
Similar to the existing Apple A14 Bionic processor on the iPhone 12, the new chip is based on ARM’s architecture, compared to the x86 of Intel processors as it has been in its computers so far. As a result, Apple has worked extensively in recent months to change the operating system and make many software adjustments alongside application redevelopment. She says the new processor will deliver even better performance than Intel’s while resource consumption will drop drastically.
Apple M1 is based on a production lithography of 5 nanometers with 8 cores in a 4 + 4 configuration, ie 4 cores for normal use and another 4 cores that work when higher performance is required. This is accompanied by an 8-core graphics processor with a performance of 2.6 ter-flops per second and an additional processing unit for using an algorithm used in artificial intelligence and an artificial neural network (Neural Engine).
The company claims a significant improvement in terms of usage time and battery, when it is already integrated in the new MacBook Air computer that offers up to 18 hours of video viewing, compared to 12 hours of using an Intel processor. The MacBook Pro also shows an improvement of 17 hours of Internet browsing compared to 10 hours in an Intel processor.
Apple also claims a significant improvement in video playback and encoding in Final Cut Pro (up to 6 times faster) or in processing audio files in Logic Pro (3 times faster). The company says that Adobe is working to convert Photoshop and Lightroom to the new platform, but currently the selection of software is limited.
“We’ve been making silicone for over a decade. It’s the heart of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch – and now we want to bring it to the Mac, so that it can leap forward with the amazing performance, custom technologies and industry-leading efficiency.” Said Apple.
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